Richard Scaife purchased the Tribune Review Publishing Company (TRPC) and the Greensburg-based Tribune-Review in 1970. But it wasn’t until May 19, 1974 that the first Sunday edition was published. Within 10 years, circulation grew to over 80,000 subscribers. A Pittsburgh edition of the Tribune-Review was born nearly 20 years later, on December 17, 1992 following a divisive strike that ultimately killed the Pittsburgh Press.
The Trib launched Western PA’s first online news resource – Tributaries – in 1995. It relaunched in 1998 as PittsburghLIVE.com and later was renamed TribLIVE.com. Today, TribLIVE is one of the area’s leading online resources for news, information, entertainment, sports, classifieds and more.
In 1997 TRPC acquired four of the region’s other daily newspapers – Valley News Dispatch, Leader Times, Daily Courier and The Valley Independent.
TRPC’s sister corporation, Westminster Holdings, Inc. (WHI), acquired Gateway Press, Inc. in December 2003, then publisher of 22 weekly community newspapers, along with the Pennysaver, a full-service commercial print facility and direct-mail house. Two years later, the news, advertising, circulation and management teams of TRPC and WHI began using the name Trib Total Media to describe their newspaper and media properties.
In early 2008, TRPC purchased The Daily News, a six-day newspaper in McKeesport, and The Laurel Group, the publisher of six weekly newspapers in Westmoreland and Fayette counties. It later expanded its holdings once again by acquiring a chain of weekly newspapers serving the Kiski Valley collectively known as the Buttermilk Falls publications.
WHI officially changed its name to Trib Total Media, Inc. in December 2008 and TRPC transferred all of its newspaper and media assets to Trib Total Media, Inc., in essence merging the newspaper and media properties of WHI and TRPC.
After primarily focusing on print and digital content, Trib Total Media took a new direction and launched Total Promotional Solutions, a promotional products division, in March 2010 providing advertisers with even more marketing and branding solutions. Then, in January 2011 TribLIVE Radio, Pittsburgh’s only online radio station, was born, broadcasting live daily from studios on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.
Continuing on a track of diversification, PrintSource was established as a sub-division of Trib Total Media’s commercial print division in March 2013. Recently PrintSource was renamed Three Rivers Print Source and was established as a subsidiary of Trib Total Media. In addition to the traditional services of a commercial printing firm, Three Rivers Print Source provides daily and weekly newspapers with a comprehensive set of services including printing, packaging and delivery, all from one source and one location.
In January 2016, the first of two waves of strategic changes was implemented when Trib Total Media closed The Daily News and The Valley Independent, sold the Leader Times and Daily Courier and consolidated the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tribune-Review and Valley News Dispatch into one newspaper with 3 distinct editions. Later that year, Trib Total Media ceased publication of the Pittsburgh edition of the Tribune-Review and launched a fully digital edition of the newspaper named PghTrib.com.
While continuing to stay at the forefront of innovation in content development and distribution, Trib Total Media has returned to its roots as a family of community newspapers, focusing efforts in 3 key markets within Southwestern Pennsylvania – Westmoreland County, the Alle-Kiski Valley and Allegheny County. By delivering daily and weekly newspapers, a weekly shopper, promotional products, direct mail, and digital services, Trib Total Media can efficiently and cost-effectively address the advertising needs of advertisers big and small. And, it can provide news and information to readers when and where they want to receive it, in the format best suited to their lifestyle.